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The '''Ku Klux Klan''' ('''KKK'''), or simply "'''the Klan'''", is the name of three distinct past and present movements in the United States that have advocated extremist reactionary currents such as white supremacy, white nationalism, and Nativism (politics)|anti-immigration, historically expressed through terrorism aimed at groups or individuals whom they opposed.O'Donnell, Patrick (Editor), 2006. ''Ku Klux Klan America's First Terrorists Exposed'', p. 210. ISBN 1-4196-4978-7. All three movements have called for the "purification" of Society of the United States|American society, and all are considered Far-right politics|right wing extremist organizations.Rory McVeigh, ''The Rise of the Ku Klux Klan: Right-Wing Movements and National Politics'' (2009).Matthew N. Lyons, ''Right-Wing Populism in America'' (2000), ch. 3, 5, 13.Chalmers, David Mark, 2003. ''Backfire: How the Ku Klux Klan...
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